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Date/Time Event
Thursday, 29th October
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Let them eat... babies? Irish Studies Series #1 (online)

In 1729, Jonathan Swift suggested in ‘A Modest Proposal’ (follow the link to read the essay for free) that poor Irish peasants could sell their babies as food for the rich. If this satire was meant to goad those in power to alleviate the dire state of the Irish peasantry, it did not succeed. Famine continued to haunt Ireland, culminating in the devastation of The Great Famine of the 1840s. The historical context will be followed by a short discussion of Swift’s document, and some poetry of the Great Hunger.

The Irish Studies Series (Thursdays, 29 Oct – 19 Nov): In this short course, we will explore those links, focusing on four key periods. Dr Patrick Murphy will give a short account of the historical and political background, and Dr Deirdre O’Byrne will talk briefly on some literary representations of the chosen period. Each session will end with a Q & A session from the audience.

All sessions are live online and will subsequently be made available on the Five Leaves Bookshop YouTube channel. To register and receive a link to access the live Zoom event, please email events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

PLEASE NOTE: registration for all our live online events closes 1 hour before the event starts.

All sessions are free, although you may wish to make a donation to Emmanuel House, Nottingham.

Tuesday, 3rd November
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Five Leaves Author Interviews - Kevin Fegan (online)

“Britain’s most innovative playwright” – Plays International

Kevin Fegan has written to commission over fifty stage plays for a wide variety of theatre, including award-winning plays Excess XS (Contact Theatre 1992 – first play about the rave scene) and Strange Attractors (Contact in association with Granada TV 1994 – first play about virtual reality), 52 Degrees South (Imperial War Museum North 2002), White Trash (Quarantine at Contact 2004) and more recently Slave (Feelgood Theatre at The Lowry and national tour 2010-11), Obama the Mamba, and Bess the Commoner Queen (First Art/Derby Live 2017 and national tour 2019).

He has written several plays and drama serials for BBC Radio 4, and worked as a storyline writer for Granada Television’s Coronation Street.

He has also published ten collections of poetry, and edited several anthologies. He is a regular performer of his own poetry. Five Leaves publishes three of his pamphlets: BlastRacer, and Let the Left Hand Sing.

Kevin has worked extensively as a writer-in-residence in a wide variety of community and education environments, in particular in prisons.

This interview is pre-recorded and will be released on our YouTube channel at 7pm on November 3rd. Tune in then and join in the live chat, or watch any time afterwards at your leisure.

Thursday, 5th November
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
From ‘the uncrowned King of Ireland’ to Queen of the Fairies - Irish Studies Series #2 (online)

After the fall of Charles Stewart Parnell, many Irish people turned to ancient Irish mythology and older traditions in a morale-boosting movement that became known as the Celtic Twilight or the Irish Renaissance. Many of the writers held different political viewpoints, from WB Yeats to Pádraig Pearse. James Joyce also comments on the period in his writings.

The Irish Studies Series (Thursdays, 29 Oct – 19 Nov): In this short course, we will explore those links, focusing on four key periods. Dr Patrick Murphy will give a short account of the historical and political background, and Dr Deirdre O’Byrne will talk briefly on some literary representations of the chosen period. Each session will end with a Q & A session from the audience.

All sessions are live online and will subsequently be made available on the Five Leaves Bookshop YouTube channel. To register and receive a link to access the live Zoom event, please email events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

PLEASE NOTE: registration for all our live online events closes 1 hour before the event starts.

All sessions are free, although you may wish to make a donation to Emmanuel House, Nottingham.

Saturday, 7th November
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology, with Griselda Pollock (online)

Why is everything that compromises greatness in art coded as ‘feminine’? Has the feminist critique of Art History history yet effected real change? With a new preface by Griselda Pollock, this edition of a truly groundbreaking book offers a radical challenge to a women-free Art History.

Parker and Pollock’s critique of Art History’s sexism leads to expanded, inclusive readings of the art of the past. They demonstrate how the changing historical social realities of gender relations and women artists’ translation of gendered conditions into their works provide keys to novel understandings of why we might study the art of the past.

For anyone interested in art history and feminism, this is a chance to hear Griselda Pollock talk about why she and Rozika Parker wrote the book, what the book tried to do and why it is still relevant today. There will be an opportunity to ask questions after the talk.

Rozsika Parker (1945-2010) was a writer and critic in Art History & Psychoanalysis and a psychotherapist. Her books include Framing Feminism: Art and the Women’s Movement 1970-1985 (with Griselda Pollock), and The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine (I.B.Tauris new edition, 2010).

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of the Centre for Cultural Analysis, Theory & History, University of Leeds, UK. Her books include Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and Histories of Art and Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum (2007).

A Bread and Roses event

Free. Email events@fiveleaves.co.uk to register.

Please note: registration for all our live online events closes 1 hour before the event starts.

Thursday, 12th November
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Birth of the Nation - Irish Studies Series #3 (online)

Easter 1916, the War of Independence, and Civil War.

Easter 1916 was known as the Poets’ Rising, so many of its leaders were writers. The conflicts arising from the birth of the Irish nation were immortalised in the plays of Seán Ó Casey, short stories of Frank O’Connor and prose and poetry of their contemporaries.

The Irish Studies Series (Thursdays, 29 Oct – 19 Nov): In this short course, we will explore those links, focusing on four key periods. Dr Patrick Murphy will give a short account of the historical and political background, and Dr Deirdre O’Byrne will talk briefly on some literary representations of the chosen period. Each session will end with a Q & A session from the audience.

All sessions are live online and will subsequently be made available on the Five Leaves Bookshop YouTube channel. To register and receive a link to access the live Zoom event, please email events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

PLEASE NOTE: registration for all our live online events closes 1 hour before the event starts.

All sessions are free, although you may wish to make a donation to Emmanuel House, Nottingham.

Thursday, 19th November
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
From Rocking the Cradle to Rocking the System: Radical Sexual Politics - Irish Studies Series #4 (online)

The 1980s in Ireland saw several amendments to the Irish Constitution which affected women’s rights, alongside high-profile events such as the Kerry Babies Tribunal and the death of Ann Lovett. In the 21st century, Ireland has radically changed, with a population voting for rights to abortion, divorce, and same-sex marriage.

The Irish Studies Series (Thursdays, 29 Oct – 19 Nov): In this short course, we will explore those links, focusing on four key periods. Dr Patrick Murphy will give a short account of the historical and political background, and Dr Deirdre O’Byrne will talk briefly on some literary representations of the chosen period. Each session will end with a Q & A session from the audience.

All sessions are live online and will subsequently be made available on the Five Leaves Bookshop YouTube channel. To register and receive a link to access the live Zoom event, please email events@fiveleaves.co.uk.

PLEASE NOTE: registration for all our live online events closes 1 hour before the event starts.

All sessions are free, although you may wish to make a donation to Emmanuel House, Nottingham.